Posted By: Steve San Filippo
- verified customerYou have to be honest and ask yourself, "Do I want a comfortable handmade knife with a killer sharp edge at a very reasonable price that tunes up with a few strokes on the honing rod or a car-payment expensive fancy custom knife with mosaic pins and a Chip and Dale (the furniture not the cartoon chipmunks) stabilized Siberian Yeti deadwood handle I can suspend from my magnetic knife holder on the kitchen wall to really impress my friends? If you're interested in a utility style knife that while rough around the edges cuts like a Star Wars light sabre seriously consider the Yamaguchi White #2 Usu Deba. Fit and finish is rough to say the least. The handle is inexpensive and unfinished Ho wood (magnolia I'm told) and is in no way matched up with the plastic ferrule. (I removed the anime-style label, and after a few minutes of 400 grit sanding applied a stain and voila a better looking plain handle.) But it's what's uptop that counts, and that's a very rough-hewn but incredibly effective White Steel #2 usu (thin) deba blade. My first slice was the tell. I noticed no resistance whatever as I sliced through one of my extremely thick-skin winter lemons. That was a first, and I use high quality knives. So, if you're interested much more in function than form, this knife is definitely rough but ready -- and a great value to boot.
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